Kettering man arrested in White House crash

Published: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 5:53 PM
Updated: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 @ 5:53 PM

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A Kettering man crashed a Jeep into a security perimeter and then jumped the fence at the White House because he wanted to spray-paint the Revolutionary War-era “Don’t Tread on Me” snake on the grounds, authorities said in court documents Tuesday.

The man, identified in federal court documents as Joseph Reel, 32, of Kettering was charged with destruction of government property after the incident in the predawn hours of Sunday.

Reel’s wife, Rebekah Reel, told the Dayton Daily News Tuesday night she was shocked when U.S. Secret Service agents showed up at her apartment at 6 a.m. Sunday and confiscated her computer. It was the first Rebekah knew of where her husband was located since he left Thursday morning after they got in a fight the night before.

“It sounds nothing like my husband,” said Rebekah, 26, who added Reel was an ex-Army medic who served in the Iraq war.

The Secret Service said Reel, who records show is a registered Republican who voted in the November general election, went to elaborate lengths in his quest to breach White House security so he could leave behind his political message, according to a CNN report.

Reel told officers that he conducted “surveillance” of the White House complex on Saturday “looking for a way in.”

Sunday, about 3 a.m. he returned in a Jeep Patriot, according to the charges. He attached a wood block to the accelerator and set the vehicle on its way — unoccupied — ramming into a light post, a bicycle rack and a steel security bollard at 17th Street NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, which is the northwest corner of the White House complex, according to CNN.

A short time later, according to court records, Reel rode up on a bicycle and climbed over a fence at the north courtyard of the Old Executive Office Building, just west of the White House itself.

He was carrying a can of spray paint, which he dropped as he fled Secret Service agents, the court records allege.

The documents say Reel wasn’t armed when he jumped the fence. But they say investigators found 200 rounds of ammunition, eight knives and two machetes in the Jeep, which caused about $1,000 in damage.

Reel will appear in court on Thursday.

Rebekah said Reel had never voiced animosity toward President Barack Obama.

“We never talked about things like that,” she said.

Rebekah described her husband, who grew up in Franklin, as a quiet guy and said she did not know he left the state following their fight. He worked as a security guard at a local business.

She said she was worried about her husband “like any loving wife would be.”

The couple, who has been married since September 2012, has a four-month-old son.

Asked if she was going to Washington, D.C. to visit Reel, Rebekah said, “Until we know what is going on, we don’t plan on doing anything. I plan on staying here with my son.”

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Pressure cooker at terminal prompts evacuation at Newark Airport

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 9:54 PM

Newark Airport.  (Photo: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
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Newark Airport evacuated Terminal A after a pressure cooker was found in the terminal, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police.

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The bomb squad was called in to investigate.

Newark Airport says the package has been cleared, but passengers should expect delays.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

Bird causes outage; power restored to Elizabeth Place in Dayton

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:59 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 9:40 PM

UPDATE @ 9:40 p.m.

A bird damaged an airbreak switch tonight, causing 162 customers, including Elizabeth Place, to lose power, Kelly Millhouse, director of operations for Dayton Power & Light said.

The service outage was reported at 8:27 p.m., and crews were able to restore service at 9:17 p.m., she said.

UPDATE @ 9:20 p.m.

Power has been restored to Elizabeth Place tonight after it was out for about 45 minutes.

It is not clear what led to the service outage, and we’ve reached out to Dayton Power & Light.

UPDATE @ 9:10 p.m.

A backup generator is maintaining power at The Medical Center at Elizabeth Place, Deputy Chief Paul Raisch of the Dayton Fire Department said.

Crews are not sure why power is out, but they have called Dayton Power & Light to restore service.

In the area, power also is out to about 165 customers, according to the DP&L online outage map.


Power is out to the entire building tonight at Elizabeth Place while there are about 100 patients inside.

The power outage was reported sometime after 8:30 p.m. at the medical center, 1 Elizabeth Place off Edwin C. Moses Boulevard in Dayton.

The patients are still inside the facility, but it’s not clear whether they will need to be moved, nor how long it will take to restore service.

ID released for Indiana man who never resurfaced at Grand Lake St. Marys

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 8:05 AM
Updated: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 9:30 PM

UPDATE @ 9:30 p.m.

The man who went overboard a pontoon boat overnight was identified as 48-year-old Kevin Mann of Portand, Indiana, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

The search will resume Sunday for Mann, who apparently jumped from the pontoon into the lake but never came back up, officials said.

UPDATE @ 8:25 p.m.

The search has been called off for tonight, but will resume Sunday to find the man who went overboard from a pontoon boat during the overnight hours.

Authorities said the man is from Indiana, but have not released his name and age.

UPDATE @ 9:51 a.m.

The search continues at Grand Lake St. Marys where a male went overboard from a pontoon boat overnight.

Montezuma firefighters and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources are actively searching the lake in the area of Safety Island.

Firefighters got the call at 2:35 a.m. that a male went overboard and needed rescued. Montezuma Fire Chief Ron Schulze said the search for the victim continues this morning.

Celina police and fire, as well as St. Mary’s Twp. firefighters are assisting.

Further details have not been released.


A person has reportedly drowned at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park in Mercer County, according to officials. 

Authorities tell WHIO's Steve Baker a person drowned in the lake near Montezuma around 2:30 a.m. 

Initial reports indicate a man went overboard while on a boat in the lake. 

A spokesperson with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources could not be reached for comment. 

Our crew will be attending a news conference in Mercer County scheduled for 9:30 a.m. 

We will continue to monitor and update this developing story.

Woman shopped at Wal-Mart while children 2, 5, locked in trunk, police say

Published: Saturday, May 27, 2017 @ 9:24 PM

Tori Lee Castillo, 39, was arrested and charged with child abuse. (Photo: Weber County Sheriff's Office)

A woman locked her children in a car trunk Thursday while she shopped at Wal-Mart, police said.

Tori Lee Castillo, 39, was arrested and charged with child abuse after police found her children aged 2 and 5 locked in her car trunk, according to the Deseret News.

A witness called police after seeing Castillo put the children in the trunk. The children made noise and caused the vehicle to shake.

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"Several good Samaritans observed this and came to the aid of the children,” Lt. Casey Warren, of the Riverdale police, told the Deseret News.

Police instructed the children to pull the safety latch to open the trunk. Child and Family Services were contacted and placed the children with a responsible party.